Chief Operating Officer


As COO at Ought, you help organize job interviews and internships, interface with accountants, lawyers, banks, HR, pay contractors, do grant-related work, organize visas and office space, and generally establish good processes and feedback loops within the organization.

You will have significant independent decision-making capability and corresponding impact on the future of the organization.

About you


  • High conscientiousness and detail-orientation
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Clear, well-reasoned, and engaging writing
  • Fluent written and spoken English

Good to have:

  • Experience working in a non-profit operations role
  • Experience managing teams
  • Computer science background
  • Business background


  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 20 days of paid vacation per year (in addition to national holidays)
  • Modern workspaces, with funds available for equipment of your choice
  • Relocation assistance
  • Flexible hours


  • A good way for you and us to figure out if Ought is good fit for you is to do a paid three-month trial period as a contractor before you start full-time. If this sounds interesting to you, check the corresponding box on your application.
  • We prefer applicants who can work on site, but will consider remote work for exceptional candidates, including internationally.
  • Take into account that we're a new organization. You will have unusually large leverage and room for growth, including the potential to manage other employees and contractors in the future, but you'll also need more initiative than at an established company and you'll wear many hats.
  • We're a non-profit. This means that we'll pay somewhat below Bay area market rate, and that this position is best suited for someone who deeply cares about our mission.
  • Not sure which position to apply for? Just pick one for now, add a note on alternatives you're considering, and we'll discuss.

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Ought is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

About Ought

Ought is a non-profit research organization. Our mission is to leverage machine learning to help people think. Our office is in San Francisco (North Beach), next to Washington Square.